2011 Season Was a Tremendous Success
November 8, 2011
Lake-Sumter Women's Volleyball Program concluded their 2011 season with a number of awards and their best season record in almost a decade. "Playing for a greater purpose" had been their mantra this season as they celebrated Head Coach Rachel Bruce's continued progress in her recovery from Small Cell Cervical Cancer. Coach Bruce was advised that she could not physically coach this season but her imprint on the team and her spirit was always part of the program.
Sophmore setter Jordann Dierickx, Freshman middle Brittany Mullee and Freshman libero Jesse Collins were awarded First Team Mid-Florida Conference Honors from the Florida Junior College Athletic Association. This was the first time three LSCC players had been named to the First Team.
The 2011 record for the Lady Lakers was 16-20 improving on last seasons 7-23 record. This was also the most wins by a Lakers team since 2003-2004. The record was even more impressive based on the extremely tough schedule where the Lakers played six games against 2010 National Championship teams and all but one of the teams participating in the 2011 FJCAA State Championships.
Balance was a key factor as the team make-up included 7 Sophmores and 6 Freshmen. The Sophmores are all in the process of being recruited to four year programs where they hope to compete while acquiring their Bachelor's Degrees. Outside hitters Breyona Creech and Nicole Glen will be receiving their Associate's Degrees this month while the remaining five are scheduled to graduate in the spring.
The team etched some significant statistics in the National Junior College Athletic Association record books during the 2011 season. Freshman libero Jesse Collins ended the season ranked #2 nationally in dig per set (games) with a 6.4 average on 479 digs. Sophomore Kirsten Germeroth was close behind with 443 digs.
Blocking was another forte for the 2011 Lakers as Freshman Brittany Mulle had 115 blocks and was ranked #19 in the NJCAA nationally. Her Sophomore counterpart Shelby Springs recorded her season high blocks as well.
The power numbers for the LSCC Lakers on offense werelead by another Freshman, Alyssa Kellar from Lacey, Washington with 231 kills. "Washington" as her teammates called her hit an impressive .265 for the season despite a hand injury that affected her the last half of the season. One behind her at 230 kills was Mullee who hit a team high .306 followed by Sophmore Shelby Spring with 197 kills at .192.
Serving was one of the strong points for the Lakers led by Sophomore Shelby Springs with 115 Aces and Sophomore Kirsten Germeroth one behind at 114. The teams serve receive was one of the most effective in the State this season and kept the team in many of the matches which included six 5 game matches.
Interim Head Coach Jim Hoffman was assisted this season by former LSCC players Emily McCall and Jordan Weber. The team featured two Sophomore defensive specialists Casey Langfeld and Stephanie Hebert. They were further supported by Freshman setters Halle Racich and Megan Ford plus right side specialist Emily Corzine.
The development of the LSCC Lady Lakers program bodes well for the 2012 season with a strong returning Freshman line-up and the addition of players already being recruited. The Lady Lakes appreciate the extremely strong fan suport in 2011 and look forward to 2012 with the return to the helm by Coach Rachel Bruce.
Lakers Win their Last 2011 Home Volleyball Match and Honor Sophomores
October 25, 2011
The LSCC Lady Lakers hosted Florida College in their last home match of the 2011 season tonight. Sophomores Nicole Glen and Casey Langfeld made a big impact for the Lady Lakers in the first set, but despite their efforts the Lakers still fell short of Florida College in the first two sets. In the third game, the Lady Lakers came back to life, and with several turn-around plays by sophomores Bryeona Creech, Jordann Dierickx, Shelby Spring, and Stephanie Hebert the Lakers were able to come out on top in the third set. The girls seemed to get in "the zone" for games four and five, and they finished with a bang as if the first two sets never happened. This win over Florida College is the first for the Laker Volleyball Program within the past four years. The Lakers now boast a 15-16 record.
Tonight was also LSCC's Sophomore Night. Sophomores Nicole Glen of Umatilla, FL, Shelby Spring of Eustis, FL, Stephanie Hebert of Tallahassee, FL, Casey Langfeld of Tavares, FL, Jordann Dierickx of Jacksonville, FL, Bryeona Creech of Tavares, FL, and Kirsten Germeroth of Tavares, FL were all honored. In the first set against Florida College all seven sophomores were able to compete together. The girls were joined by their parents, families, and friends, and enjoyed a reception to honor their dedication and contributions to the LSCC Volleyball Program.
Several Laker Volleyball Player Receive Mid-Florida Conference Awards
October 24, 2011
Freshmen Brittany Mullee, Jesse Collins, and sophomore Jordann Dierickx were named to the First Team All-Conference for the Mid-Florida Conference today. Freshman Alyssa Kellar was named to the Second Team All-Conference. Jesse Collins maintains her national ranking with NJCAA. She has moved from 1st in the NJCAA to 2nd, but continues to play with excellence.
The Lady Lakers hosted their annual Lake-Sumter Community College Invitational tournament this past weekend where they played Clearwater Christian College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, South Florida Community College, and Polk State College. The team went 1-3 for the weekend.
Lakers Making an Impact on the National Level
September 8, 2011
Several Lake-Sumter volleyball players are currently ranked amongst the top players in the nation.
Freshman, Jesse Collins is ranked 1st for digs per set. Collins totals 127 digs, averaging 6.68 digs per set.
Sophomore, Jordann Dierickx is ranked 14th for assists per set. Dierickx totals 173 assists, averaging 9.10 assists per set.
Freshman, Alyssa Kellar is ranked 12th for kills per set. Kellar totals 66 kills, averaging 3.47 kills per set.
Lady Lakers Defeat St. Johns River in first 2011 Conference match
September 6, 2010
On Tuesday night, the Lake-Sumter Community College Volleyball Team hosted conference rival St. John's State College in it's first conference match of the 2010 season.
It was obvious that there were some pregame jitters when the Lady Lakers started off in the hole against St. John's River, but it didn't take long for the Lakers to pull through and take the lead. The Laker offense looked a little different as well. Freshman, Brittany Mullee who has been out for the first two weeks of the season with a nagging shoulder injury joined the Lady Lakers on the court, and she made her presence known. Mullee, who stands 6'3" tall, racked up 10 blocks and 12 kills against the Lady Vikings.
Jordann Dierickx made a big impact with 40 assists, 9 digs, and 2 aces. Shelby Spring from Eustis, FL also added to the blocking defense for the Lakers by scoring 3 blocks and 8 kills. Freshman Alyssa Kellar had 2 blocks and 14 kills, and Jesse Collins had a record 32 digs.
LSCC will play four matches this weekend at the Palm Beach State College tournament.